Ten-man Bolivia embarrass Brazil

September 11, 2008 at 00:37 6 comments

Not fit for purpose?

Not fit for purpose?

Brazil were held 0-0 by a resilient Bolivia in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday. Despite having a man sent off unjustly early in the second-half, Bolivia deservedly came away with a point but continue to prop up the table.

The result left Dunga’s side in 2nd in the South America World Cup qualifying group but knowing that they’d drop to 3rd if Argentina beat Peru. But it was Brazil’s lacklustre performance that has dismayed the country and calls for the coach to go have now reached fever pitch.

Brazil were expected to breeze past the qualifying group’s bottom side. But motivation is always a problem when the Brazilian’s believe they’re playing against inferior opposition. On Wednesday, most of the players wearing the yellow shirts were not prepared to work for the win.

The omens for Brazil were not good from the start. Only 31,000 turned up at the 45,000 capacity Engenhão. There were a number of reasons for this: lack of interest in Bolivia and a match that was regarded as a foregone conclusion; tickets were relatively expensive by Brazilian standards; the country’s newest stadium is not the easiest place to get to; and the game was live on national TV.

The match kicked off with the PA system having no problem drowning out the ripple of sound from the spectators.

A pattern was soon set with Bolivia’s close marking effectively smothering out any real threat from Brazil.

For all their talent, the Brazilian’s were shameless in diving and collapsed on to the ground at every opportunity. As ever, the chief culprit was Diego but Robinho wasn’t far behind and they were both aided by a whistle-happy official.

Bolivia had the best early chance when Hoyos hit his shot into the turf and the ball bounced over Julio César’s crossbar.

Upset that Brazil, hadn’t put a hatful past the group strugglers, the boos started ringing round the stadium after less than half an hour. 

Bolivia became more comfortable as the match wore on, with ex Cruzeiro man, Marcelo Moreno, looking dangerous up front.

Bolivia’s keeper Carlos Arias was never really troubled and it came as no surprise when the first-half ended scoreless. This was a far cry from the effective football and determination showed against Chile on Sunday and Brazil were roundly booed off the pitch.

Dunga’s men were given a helping hand early in the second period, when Robinho made a meal of Garcia’s challenge and the Bolivian was red-carded.

The sending-off though, appeared to make little difference as Bolivia dug in and Brazil continued to stutter.

It wasn’t until halfway through the second forty-five that Arias was tested – a low shot from substitute Júlio Baptista.

On the 87th minute, Luís Fabiano went down inside the area but the referee waved the appeal away.

Julio Baptista could have snatched it in injury time but Arias stretched to tip it just wide. 

Bolivia left the pitch worthy of the point hewn from hard work, close-marking and a refusal to cave in even after losing a man. Brazil’s players scuttled for the nearest exit. Some no doubt fled straight to the airport in an attempt to avoid the inevitable backlash. 

There’s no such luck for the coach though. Dunga looked safe after the weekend’s 3-0 away win at Chile. But he is in a precarious position once again. Questions will be raised over team selection. Did Dunga really have to start with two defensive midfielders (Lucas and Josué) at home to the group’s worst team? Why did it take the him 75 minutes to substitute Ronaldinho Gaúcho? The AC Milan player is clearly not fit enough, was virtually anonymous during the match and was deservedly booed off. Sunday’s star, Luís Fabiano, hardly a sniff, but he received no service. Juan’s had a good Brasileiro campaign with Flamengo but he’s been less than impressive with Brazil. Why Kléber was called up is a mystery considering that Santos have spent most of the season in the relegation zone. Corinthian’s André Santos may be playing in Série B, but he is the best leftback in the country and should have got the nod.

Brazil are next in action in the qualifiers away to Venezuela on 11th October and at home to Colombia on the 14th. Barring injury, Kaká will be available. But whether Dunga will be the man picking the team is another question.

Brazil 0-0 Bolivia

Venue: estádio João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro

Date: 10/09/2008

Referee: Alfredo Intriago – Assistants: Félix Badaraco, Juan Cedeño (all Ecuador)

Brazil: Julio César, Maicon, Lúcio, Luisão, Juan, Josué, Lucas (Júlio Baptista), Diego (Elano), Robinho, Ronaldinho Gaúcho (Nilmar), Luis Fabiano

Coach: Dunga

Bolivia: Arias, Hoyos, Raldes, Ignacio Garcia, Rivero, Flores, Robles, Ronald Garcia, Vaca (Botero), Marcelo Moreno (Pablo Escobar), Jaime Moreno (Gutierrez) .

Coach: Erwin Sánchez

See the qualifying table here   See the highlights here




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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jzlim11  |  September 11, 2008 at 01:28

    What now, Dunga? Are you going to say that you are doing a good job again? The President is right!! Brazilian attacking players are lazy (not all of them or shall i refer to Robinho and Ronaldinho??). Look how Bolivia players fight for the possesion. May be in their mind they only concern about their multi million contract!? Robinho!! Why don’t you leave a graffiti in the locker room this time huh!? The same boring team, same clueless strategy, same players with no passion and eagerness to win, WHAT ELSE!? DUNGA!

  • 2. rajiv  |  September 11, 2008 at 01:42

    I was jhere defending dunga the other day but this display WAS PATHETIC…brazil couldnt get ONE shot on goal in the first 45..bolivia managed at least two…Brazil unable to get a shot??? good grief man, its time for dunga to go before he destroys the brazil team with guys like gilberto and kleber and ronaldinho and other below grade players…

  • 3. dylan  |  September 11, 2008 at 14:33

    My god, what a terrible match. At the bar I was in, they put on highlights from the 1970 Brazil-Peru match during halftime, which was just cruel. Like showing a picture of Hawaii to someone trapped in muddy floodwaters.

    Is it just me, or does it seem like they’re intentionally disappearing for 50% of these qualifier games? The pattern has been: sleepwalk through the away game and then save Dunga’s job by winning at home. They had to switch it around this time because Dunga was under too much pressure to play badly against Chile, but it was still one decent game and one horrid, unwatchable game.

    It honestly looks like Dunga told the players (and their clubs), “Don’t worry, we’ll only make you play hard once during each international break. That’s be good enough to qualify — why try any harder?”

    Does the CBF realize what they’re doing to Brazil’s reputation? Dunga’s seleção keeps reminding me of England — a team considered a bunch of overrated prima donnas by their own people, every good performance followed, metronome-like, by a return to dreck. How many neutrals will root for this team in 2010?

    I think Dunga should be put on trial for crimes against Brazil’s cultural patrimony.

  • 4. dylan  |  September 11, 2008 at 15:53

    (Of course, my comment is unfair to England, who were excellent yesterday. But then again, they’ve got a new manager, so it only strengthens the case for the movimento Fora Dunga.)

  • 5. chris  |  September 11, 2008 at 16:47

    You were lucky to watch it in a bar, dylan.

    Imagine going to the Engenhão, being stuck in the cheap seats behind the goals about a hundred yards from the pitch in a converted athletics stadium, watching that dross live. And of course it was half-empty, cariocas having very sensibly shunned the CBF’s R100 and R200 pricing policy. These guys make the FA look competent.

    Brazil at the moment remind me of late-period England under Maclaren – over-rated so-called superstars and a manager held in contempt by the vast majority of fans.

    And earlier I’d actually enjoyed watching England for the first time in years – streets ahead of Brazil. Now there’s something I never thought I’d hear myself saying.

  • 6. dan  |  June 25, 2009 at 09:58

    may brazil lose to pave for an african team.anyway best of luck to southafricans.


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